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At the Farber Research Foundation Professor Steiner and his aide, Christopher Mitchell, succeed in disintegrating objects into energy and reassembling them elsewhere through laser power; a similar experiment on a live guinea pig, however, makes the reassembled animal electrically charged. Dr. Pat Hill, a female associate, helps correct the miscalculation, and Steiner decides to demonstrate his discovery for Professor Lembach, an important visiting scientist. Meanwhile, the head of the foundation, Dr. Blanchard, is being blackmailed into sabotaging Steiner's equipment by Latham, an outsider who wants to take credit for the study. The experiment fails again, and Steiner decides to perform the test on himself in an attempt to vindicate his theories. Jealous of Mitchell, who has fallen in love with Hill, Steiner forces his secretary, Sheila Anderson, to assist him. He is initially successful in projecting himself from one room to another but emerges from the experiment as an electrically charged and facially disfigured monster. After Steiner kills several people, including Blanchard, Hill tries to persuade him to reverse the experiment in the hope that he can change back into a human being. Instead, the crazed scientist chooses to destroy both himself and his equipment.